Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that veterans laid to rest at seven San Diego County cemeteries are honored on National Wreaths Across America Day, December 14. The ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,600 locations with the assistance of two million volunteers, will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. The goal: to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there and say each person’s name, so their memory lives on.
Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Miramar National Cemetery, Greenwood Memorial Park San Diego, Valley Center Cemetery, Oak Hill Cemetery, Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery and Glen Abby Memorial Park.
Community members can sponsor the wreaths needed to honor veterans at San Diego’s cemeteries by visiting www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and select one of the San Diego cemeteries.
“We are forever grateful for the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time and effort to fulfilling our mission on a local level,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “These individuals and their communities know the value of remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve and teaching the next generation about the sacrifices made for our freedom every day, and without their continued support, Wreaths Across America would not exist.”
National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all on Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Miramar National Cemetery, Greenwood Memorial Park San Diego and Valley Center Cemetery and Oak Hill Cemetery Escondido, Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery and Glen Abby Memorial Park Bonita.
For more information on how to sponsor a wreath, start a fundraising group or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to find a cemetery near you.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,000 veterans.